Yesterday I was going through my old SL links/bookmarks and went to visit ASNers. Apparently the site no longer exists. Not a surprise, but then I became curious what other SLers are using for social media.
I used to have them all – Fakebook, Tweeter, ASN, Plurk, and a few others, but I don’t use them anymore. I suppose I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I love how connected it can make you, but I hate how most of the companies actually work.
I refuse to use Fakebook (see here and here) for SL or RL. I don’t agree with the policies and practices of the company, so I don’t use them. I kept using other sites for awhile, but I ultimately decided that it was too much of a time waster – not enough benefits for the returns I was getting.
I was curious, though, what everyone else is using. Fakebook, Tweeter, Plurk, and Flickr I know, but is there an alternative site out there? I did some searching and found Avatarbook and Onlinker – are there any others I missed?
After reading these posts, I spend a lot of time on internal debates, on researching related things on the internet, and then the next thing you know, it’s 5 hours later, my butt is asleep, and I realize I forgot to eat lunch.
The other biggest time social media time suck for me is Plurk.
I avoided joining Plurk for a long time, because people told me it was elitist and full of snarky SL people.
I haven’t found that to be true at all.
There is some seriously hilarious shizz going on in Plurk. 😛
I’ve seen pictures of crazy, cannibalistic land-crabs (yet another reason to never go to Florida), watched others install Windows10 (their results were sadly, sometimes not as good as mine), and learned that texture thrashing makes people want to strangle LL.
A lot of the people on Plurk have been in SL forever, so I’m constantly learning something new.
Plus, some of them are just plain hysterical.
It’s like all the cute cat videos and funny memes and friends all rolled into one place.
It probably took me twice as long as usual to write this post, because I kept going back to Plurk to check on things.
Plus, everyone uses all these cute gifs, so I have become a gif collector.
Because who knows when you’ll need a good Phil Collins gif, amiright?
If you are on any of these social networks, please add me – I promise not to stalk you. 😛
A couple of weeks ago, I discovered Twitter Cards and that I needed one. 😛
So, after a few weeks of using them, I went back to check and see if they had an impact on my interactions on Twitter.
When I started using the cards on May 18, my stats showed the following:
2 URL clicks
Not terrible, but I could certainly do better.
About halfway through, on May 23, my stats were:
2 URL clicks
As of yesterday, May 31, my stats were:
1 URL click
I have tried to be a bit more active on Twitter, which may have led to some of the increases.
However, going from 63 impressions to 349 is a pretty big jump, so perhaps the Twitter Cards did have an impact.
Clearly, I need to work on getting more URL clicks, but so far, I’m happy with the increase in engagement.
For the first couple of days after activating the Twitter Cards, tweets were not showing the images as they were supposed to – it apparently takes the system a few days to get going once they are activated.
Since I wasn’t seeing the change, for the first 3-4 days, I was also scheduling tweets (with pictures) using TweetDeck.
If you’re blogging with WP, activating the Twitter Cards was a fairly simple process, and having your posts go out as automatic Tweets saves time. 🙂
My next project is to experiment a bit with the time of day for my tweets and see if that has an impact on engagement.
I’ve also decided to give Plurk a try, so if you’re on Plurk, go easy on me!!